English Football Fans Arrested In Munich For Nazi Salutes

According to local sources, England football supporters were detained in Munich for giving Nazi salutes before Tuesday’s Nations League match against Germany.

Two England fans were allegedly detained in Munich city centre on the eve of the game for doing the Nazi salute, which is illegal in Germany.

The Munich fire department was summoned to a city centre hotel when an England supporter ignited a flare out of a window, causing smoke to spread throughout the building and setting off the smoke alarm.

Police in the Bavarian city were also summoned twice to a disturbance at one of the city’s famed beer cellars, when a party of roughly 300 England fans were causing a commotion.

On Monday, England head coach Gareth Southgate said he hoped the behaviour of travelling fans would not “embarrass us”.

“You feel ashamed when you hear about it,” he admitted.

Officially, England fans have been allocated 3,466 tickets for the match at the Allianz Arena, but there are fears thousands more could have gotten in having used fake information to buy tickets from the German FA.

Some travelling fans bought seats in the home section, but the UK’s head of football policing confirmed that the German FA have cancelled a number of those tickets!

“We would always urge people to get their tickets from approved outlets,” chief constable Mark Roberts told BBC Sport.

“We’re aware of it, but not too concerned. It’ll be monitored and hopefully it doesn’t cause any problems in the stadium.”

It is the first time England has had a sizable away crowd since the original coronavirus lockdown in March 2020, and it is their first game in Munich since defeating Germany 5-1 in a World Cup qualification in 2001.

There are fears that more unrest may have an influence on the joint UK-Ireland bid to host Euro 2028, with England having to play their Nations League game against Italy without fans on Saturday due to turbulence at Wembley Stadium during last summer’s Euro 2020 final against Italy.

At the close of the domestic season, there was also a rash of pitch invasions.

There were no England fans at Saturday’s Nations League defeat in Budapest, as Hungary was condemned to play three games behind closed doors as punishment for their fans’ racist behaviour at Euro 2020.

However, there were almost 30,000 fans at Puskas Arena, thanks to the Hungarian FA’s adoption of a Uefa provision that enables children under the age of 14 to enter for free if accompanied by an adult.